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Comment: Rembered vibrantly would be painful (Score 1) 397

Certainly I won't argue with the very-old being a drain on society reasoning. To some extent it can certainly be true -- e.g. workforce, taxes, economy. Whether or not that is countered in terms of wisdom, historical knowledge, and otherwise unobtainable perspective is a subjective matter.

I do, however, take umbrage with the idea that remembering someone as "vibrant and engaged" is a good thing. Everyone that I know who's died "vibrant and engaged" has been the result of some crime or major illness, and has left friends and family distrought to the point of needing some amount of psychological therapy to get over the loss, sudden or otherwise.

The idea of a very gradual decline, such that finally losing one's grandfather comes when one's opinion of that grandfather is at least somewhat "feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic" is a comfort. It makes the loss easier, understandable, and acceptable.

Moreover, I'm 35 now. I'm not feeble, but I'm not fit. I'm not inefectual, but I'm lazy. I'm not pathetic, but, well, to some I am. I'm a pretty relaxed, happy guy, with no problems and no ambition and a lot of personal hobbies. If I cared to be seen as "vibrant and engaged", I wouldn't be content as I am today. That would be horrible. I don't live for the memory of others; I live for my own joy of the day.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by holophrastic (#47930367) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

I think you've missed the earlier items in the sequence. The neighbour was the last item. First you need to be reminded that you left the stove on. Or you need to actively check. And with dozens of things to actively check, you're either a paranoid nut job checking everything every hour, or you check once, thoroughly, before you leave the house.

And if you don't have any friends who can check on your house while you're away, the nI refer you, again, to your homeowners insurance policy -- which probably doesn't cover anything that happens when you're away for more than 3 days in a row.

Oh, and good job turning off your stove when your phone says "stove on". Your phone doesn't say "kitchen cabinet on fire", so I guess you didn't type "use extinguisher on fire". Ok.

There's a reason that your insurance won't cover it. There's no substitute for walking around your house.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by holophrastic (#47930157) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

I live in neither of those zones. Like I said, it only applies to 25% of my year. So would you like me to ask again? How about solving a problem that I have, instead of trying to convince me that I have a problem?

It's not pretentious to ask for help with my situation. I'm not asking for help with yours.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by holophrastic (#47929487) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

"on occasion" I do stupid things. Consistently I do smart things that compensate for the stupid things -- like having a neighbour check on my house daily when I'm away. If you want to pay a dozen businesses to do a tenth of what a neighbour can do in 2 minutes, go ahead. I don't.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by holophrastic (#47929015) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

That falls into the category of saving a maximum of $2 per day in electricity, with huge and overwhelming consequenses that few people know how to see.

Hard wood floors change shape with even slight temperature changes -- because humidity is drastically affected, especially at floor level.

Fruit on the counter rots that much faster. Bread goes mouldy quicker.

I don't know what it does to the paint on your walls, but I do know that window seals degrade faster.

Think of everything that museums and art galleries do to preserve art. Odds are that you're running counter to everythign they do.

Oh yeah, you're probable destroying your art too.

And poor kitty, home alone all day, and it gets hotter too!

Got a computer sitting at home?

Appliances like your fridge work by exhausting heat. That heat exchange gets less efiicient for some model in a warmer home. So odds are that you save money on your air conditioner, and spend it on your appliances instead.

Oh, and if you've got real seasons like I do, this whole conversation is only relevant for 25% of the year.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by holophrastic (#47928587) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

So, basically, when you're too stupid to know how to leave your own house, for whatever reason, but damned lucky enough to be reminded later, and anti-social enough to not be neighbourly with any of your neighbours.

In my world, that's a call to the neighbours, who are already responsible for my house when I'm gone.

Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by holophrastic (#47927791) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

But see, that's just the thing. It was already automated -- you weren't lighting the lanterns, you were flipping a switch. Now you're clicking a button or touching a screen. I tend to flip light switches as I enter and exit rooms. Software automating it would either require motion detectors, light sensors, and psychic powers. Sure you could do it, but it's not convenient to install, and it's not free to purchase. It also didn't get carried to my house by storks and pixies. So it starts off very much not convenient, not saving energy, and we all know that it's anything but secure. So what's the ROI on convenience after shopping, paying, and transporting?

I just remember the dvd player's eject button on the remote control. I still need to get up and go retrieve the disk, so what's the benefit in being able to do it from across the room?

I'd put the awning in that same category. When I go to the backyard, I can turn the crank, or trigger the motor. I don't need to deploy the awning from the couch. And I really don't need the awning to be integrated with the microwave.

In my life, convenience doesn't mean more control, it actually means less control -- less need for it. So when it comes to heating, my house maintains the temperature that I want (that's why I adjust the registers rationally). I shouldn't need to touch it on hotter days nor on colder days. And indeed I don't -- not even when I open the windows for some fall-fresh air. Like I said, it's already automated, that's the "stat" in thermostat.

Comment: One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 5, Interesting) 115

by holophrastic (#47927227) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

I still don't understand which problem these smart devices would solve for me. It's a light switch. It's on when I want the lights on. It's off when I flick it. The thermostat requires my attention four times per year, when the season changes -- and software doesn't help because the floor registers need to be adjusted manually, and it's still no more than 5 minutes of "effort" per year. I sure as hell ain't letting software turn on my oven, and I'm not letting water nor fire run when I'm not home -- because I've read my house insurance policy; can you say "negligent behaviour"? And again, none of this was difficult to begin with. How about solving a problem that I have, instead of trying to convince me that I have a problem?

Comment: Business has levels (Score 1) 391

by holophrastic (#47919603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Business has always had various levels. When it comes to most successful technology companies, be it Tesla, or a small web developer, there's the strategy and there's the execution.

In a technology company, there's no doubt that the execution needs to be done by a technically superior person, but there's a problem with academic structure: it fosters process and procedure. Curtainly a STEM degree imparts critical thinking in terms of experimentation and analysis and calculation. Once a direction exists, yeah those skills are going to run the execution to create the product, service, or effect desired.

But business doesn't start with execution.

Scientific method may be the basis of STEM, and it starts with a "falsifiable hypothesis". Business is very different. Innovative business starts with a "false thesis" -- this doesn't exist, it isn't making any money now, I say it will, let's do it.

It takes a liberally-minded strategist to come up with whatever "it" is. The artist dreams it up. The philosopher contemplates how it ought to exist. The grammarian discerns its structure. The thespian convinces others to invest in it.

The problem is that the scientist concludes that it's impossible before it's even been tried. Either there's simply no evidence in existence yet, or there's no way to experiment on the nothing in-advance of starting.

Inventors aren't STEM scientists. There's no scientific method for innovation, and you aren't likely to find a scientist who's willing to risk everything on a new business idea -- yes I can also list dozens of very famous scientists who did throughout history; contrast that to the number of musicians who spend every dollar they have to start a band.

Comment: Re:Learn to sit properly (Score 1) 170

by holophrastic (#47867293) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

Learning has nothing to do with anything. Try invoicing. I was invoicing at age 14 when I started my programming business -- the one that/s paid for my house, my sportscar, and a generous flower budget for my beloved. That's programming, whether or not it meets your definition.

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